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Expand your learning and understanding of schizophrenia with these resources:

Assertive Community Treatment

Coping with Schizophrenia: Longtime NAMI supporter Fred Frese is a psychologist who lives with schizophrenia.

International Center for Clubhouse Development

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

NAMI Schizophrenia Report Summaries

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) A nonprofit source of information, support and education.

Schizophrenia Research Forum: A good summary of advances in the field of schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA)

Schizophrenia: Public Attitudes, Personal Needs (2008): A NAMI survey on schizophrenia

Schizophrenia Digest is a magazine dedicated to hope, dignity and support by providing information about schizophrenia for individuals, families, friends and others.

Treatment Advocacy Center

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) is a program developed by Mary Ellen Copeland to help shift the focus of mental health care from 'symptom control' to prevention and recovery. WRAP is an individualized system for monitoring and responding to symptoms to achieve the highest possible levels of wellness. features the latest information on mental illnesses, medication and treatment and resources for support and advocacy. Other features include online discussion groups and fact sheets. is an online social community for teens and young adults living with mental illness. The site offers a place where they can connect while learning about services, supports and handling the unique challenges and opportunities of transition age years.

NAMI FaithNet is a network created for members and friends of NAMI in the faith community. It is not a religious group but rather an outreach to all religious organizations.

The NAMI Information HelpLine receives more than 8,000 requests each month from individuals needing support, referral and information. More than 60 fact sheets on a variety of topics are available along with referrals to NAMI's network of local affiliates in communities across the country -- 1 (800) 950-NAMI (6264)

NAMI Hearts & Minds is an online, interactive wellness educational initiative intended to promote quality of life and recovery for individuals who live with mental illness. Focuses include exercise, nutrition and smoking cessation.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-week education course on the topic of recovery for any person living with a serious mental illness. Led by mentors who themselves have achieved recovery, the course provides participants comprehensive information and teaches strategies for personal and interpersonal awareness, coping skills and self-care.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of adults living with mental illness. An evidence based practice taught by trained NAMI family members who have relatives living with mental illness, the course provides caregivers with communication and problem-solving techniques, coping mechanisms and the self-care skills needed to deal with their loved ones and the impact on the family. Also available in Spanish.

NAMI In Our Own Voice is a public education presentation. It enriches the audiences' understanding of how the more than 58 million Americans contending with mental illness cope while also reclaiming rich and meaningful lives. Presented by two trained speakers who themselves live with mental illness, the presentation includes a brief video and personal testimonials, last 60-90 minutes and is offered free of charge.

NAMI Connection is a recovery support group for adults living with mental illness regardless of their diagnosis. Every group is offered free of charge and meets weekly for 90 minutes. NAMI Connection offers a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental illness. The groups are led by trained individuals who are in recovery-people who understand the challenges others living with mental illness face.

NAMI Basics is a free, educational program for parents and other primary caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. The course is presented in six different classes, provides learning and practical insights for families and is taught by trained parents and caregivers who have lived similar experiences with their own children.

Living with Schizophrenia: A Call for Hope and Recovery explores the lives of three people living with schizophrenia, a chronic brain disorder that can be severe and disabling and often is misunderstood and stigmatized. The documentary reveals their daily struggles, personal insights about the illness, and paths the mental health recovery process.

Books about Schizophrenia

100 Questions & Answers About Schizophrenia: Painful Minds, 2nd ed. (2009) by Lynn E. DeLisi, M.D.

A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr. (1998) by Sylvia Nasar

Beyond Schizophrenia: Michael's Journey (2010) by Susan Frances Dunham

The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness (2007) by Elyn R. Saks

Cognitive Therapy of Schizophrenia (2008) by David G. Kingdon and Douglas Turkington

The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia: Helping Your Loved One Get the Most Out of Life (2006) by Kim T. Mueser, Ph.D., and Susan Gingerich, M.S.W.

Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia (2005) by Pamela Spiro Wagner and Carolyn S. Spiro, M.D.

I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help! How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment, 10th Anniversary ed. (2010) by Xavier Amador with Anna-Lica Johanson

Henry's Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, a Father and Son's Story (2011) by Patrick Cockburn

Nothing to Hide: Mental Illness in the Family (2002) by Jean J. Beard and Peggy Gillespie

Pathways to Recovery: A Strengths Recovery Self-Help Workbook (2002) by P. Ridgeway, D. McDiarmid, et al. Published by the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, Lawrence, Kansas

Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 2nd ed. (2006) by Carlos W. Pratt, Kenneth J. Gill, Nora M. Barrett, and Melissa M. Roberts

Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Consumers and Providers, 5th ed. (2006) by E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.

Diagnosis: Schizophrenia (2011) Rachel Miller and Susan E. Mason

Schizophrenia for Dummies (2008) Jerome Levine, MD and Irene S. Levine, Ph.D.

The Soloist: a Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship and the Redemptive Power of Music (2010) Steve Lopez